27 July 2013, 7.30pm

Press Release: PARTITION opening on 27th July 2013 at City Factory Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland.


PARTITION is a collaboration between Static and Void Gallery

The second project of Void’s Sites Programme for 2013.

  • On the 16th and 17th of July (2013), an international group of theorists, artists and curators gathered in the City Factory Gallery to take part in a two day intensive interrogation of exhibition making.
  • The Gallery had a Partition wall dividing the space into two rooms, room one for debate, and room two the gallery.
  • Working from the opening conceit, “What if anything do we place in room two?” the two days of discussion undertook to dismantle and lay bare the various layers and mechanisms at work in the relationships between artists, the gallery, curators & theorists, alongside the rubric of cities of culture.
  • The talks were recorded by a stenographer, the transcripts of which were published as a first draft at the same time as the resulting exhibition.
  • This is to be followed with a second extensive publication containing documentation of the event, further reflective essays and various participants contributions at a later date this year.



John Byrne (Co-Director of Static Gallery, Liverpool and Programme Leader of Fine Art at Liverpool School of Art and Design), Mary Conlon (Director of Ormston House Gallery, Limerick), Anna Dezeuze (Senior Lecturer, History of Art and Theory at University of Marseille) Aislinn O’Donnell (Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick), Mark O’Kelly (Artist/Lecturer in Fine Art, Limerick Institute of Technology), Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith (Critic/Curator and Lecturer at School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics, University College Dublin) Francesco Manacorda (Artistic Director at Tate Liverpool), Seamus Nolan (Artist/Dublin), Frederic Pradeau (Artists/Professor of Sculpture at University of Marseille), Sigi Sigurdsson (Artist: Marseille/Reykjavik), Paul Sullivan (Architect and Director of Static Gallery, Liverpool), Padraig Timoney (Artist/NY), Katherine Waugh (Writer, filmmaker and curator/Galway), Eyal Weizman (Architect/Professor of Visual Cultures and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London), Stephen Wright (Professor of the practice of theory at the European School of Visual Arts), George Yúdice (Head of Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Latin American Studies at the University of Miami).

Notes to Editor:

  • Concept/Producer: Paul Sullivan/Static, Curator Damien Duffy/ Void.
  • PARTITION is part of the VOID SITES programme for City of Culture 2013.
  • PARTITION would like to acknowledge the support of its funders; The Arts Council England, The Arts Council Northern Ireland, Culture Company, Derry City Council &DCAL (The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure).
  • UK City of Culture: Derry~Londonderry has made history after winning its bid to be the first ever UK City of Culture in 2013.

For further information regarding this event or on any of the projects in Void’s 2013 programme please contact Emer Grant at Void: For further information about Static Gallery please contact Paul Sullivan

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